The section below contains examples of joint efforts to integrate NRCS conservation plans with Forest Stewardship plans.
Montana State University Extension Forestry developed this plan with cooperation and endorsement from American Forest Foundation (Tree Farm) Family Forestry Program, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Association of Conservation Districts. The Plan meets or exceeds the Forest Stewardship Plan national standards and guidelines, the American Tree Farm System Management Plan requirements, and, as determined by Montana NRCS, NRCS Forest Management Plan requirements for cost-share participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The plan is not intended to meet NRCS Conservation Activity Plan requirements. For more information about the Montana plan template and to download a copy, go to the Montana Tree Farm System website at http://mttreefarm.org/Management%20Plan/management-plan.html.
Rob Ethridge, Montana DNRC, presented the Montana Union of Forest Stewardship and Forest Management Plans PowerPoint presentation on the May 4, 2009, JFT web conference. The presentation highlights Montana partners’ successful efforts to develop a forest management plan template that is endorsed by the American Forest Foundation Family Forestry Program, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Association of Conservation Districts, and Montana State University Extension Forestry.